30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Avagadro:
4/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: this offering is far darker than any BW I've come across, boasting a near-opaque hue of burnt umber. Head retention is impressive, somehow enduring through the experience despite the heavy abv.
S: heavy doses of pacific-northwest hops are complemented by rich tones of caramel and honey.
T: hops are much less domineering than in SN's other BW, giving contrast to the brew's malty sweetness, rather than over-powering it. I am surprised by the lack of roasty flavors, given the near-black color. the brew suggests caramel, honey, and juniper.
M: the body is full, coating the mouth with a creamy layer that let's the flavors linger.
D: a great collaboration, to say the least. I would say that this is a more conservative rendition of the American barley wine, given that the hops actually allow some maltiness to pervade the flavor.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2010 00:11:06 | More by Avagadro
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Made the mistake of leaving this in the freezer overnight and had to thaw it. Having this at a very warm red wine like temperature and it is fantastic. Deep dark chestnut brown with a tan head that billows forth. Smell is delicious and complex. A healthy alcohol presence and sweetness fused to deep notes of toffee and warm sweet brown bread and touch of fruitcake. Lot of dark fruits, raisins and figs mostly. Flavor is incredible. Sweet rich and alcoholic. Lots of caramel and toffee with a healthy roasted grain char. Finish is dry and nicely hopped. Hoppier than most barleywines I've had. It helps to cleanse the palate of the considerable alcohol and make the beer more drinkable. Carbonation is nice, though no doubt it suffered from its frozen to room temperature journey into my glass. Smooth but just a little under carbonated in my circumstance. Weight is thickish and lightly syrupy. This is a great and highly drinkable beer. I would be sipping it slower but as the carbonation has suffered at my neglect I am going a little faster than I might otherwise. Just a superb brew that drinks like a dry irish stout in spite of the abc. If I had not forgotten and froze this one it might be off the charts.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 02:25:02 | More by scootny
30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.